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The North Providence Breeze 5-8-13

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A Valley Breeze Newspaper MAY 8-14, 2013 FREE Breeze The north providence Farm living in Foster Off and running Owners of Legend's Creek Farm talk about the joys and labors of their land. LIVING More than 500 runners race to the finish line in the Navigant Credit Union Half Marathon. PAGE 2 @ valleybreeze.com "Like" us on Search for The Valley Breeze Newspapers National Day of Prayer Council shaves residential tax increase down to 14 cents By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com Breeze photo by Elise Manahan Bowing his head in prayer, Samuel Torres of North Providence takes a moment to reflect during the National Day of Prayer Ceremony held Thursday, May 2 at North Providence Town Hall. Members of local religious institutions and members of government hosted the event and took turns praying and talking to visitors gathered for the event. State's oldest resident will celebrate first birthday on May 20 By ETHAN SHOREY Breeze Staff Writer ethan@valleybreeze.com NORTH PROVIDENCE – For 109 years straight, Lillian Cardullo celebrated her birthday on May 21. The date was Cardullo as much a part of her as her wedding anniversary or the days her children were born. This year, for the first time in the life of the state's oldest resident, Cardullo will celebrate her 110th birthday on May 20, an unexpected switch Cardullo says she's still having trouble believing is real. See CARDULLO, Page 9 Looking to Sell Your Stuff? Let us help. NEW! Pay only $10 for ads for Items for Sale valued at $200 or less. 3 weeks, only $25. Visit valleybreeze.com, or call 334-9555 weekdays. Deadline, Tuesday at 3 p.m. ©2013 Breeze Publications Inc. NORTH PROVIDENCE – Members of the North Providence Town Council last week found $228,000 in cuts to Mayor Charles Lombardi's $89.8 million spending plan for the 2014 fiscal year starting July 1. The modified budget trims Lombardi's proposed tax increase of 21 cents per thousand dollars of property value down to 14 cents, according to the mayLombardi or's office. The residential tax rate will now move from $24.15 to $24.29. For the owner of a home valued at $180,000, with a 20 percent homestead exemption factored in, the total tax increase will now be about $20.16 for the fiscal year starting July 1, down from $30.24 under Lombardi's original proposal. In other words, after two Catanzaro straight years without any tax increase, this year's hike will amount to about 10 cups of coffee, with small tips factored in. In addition to the 14-cent increase for homeowners, commercial property owners will see an 18-cent hike, to $31.03 per $1,000. The personal property tax rate will jump 41 cents, to $69.41, while the motor vehicle tax rate, frozen by the state, will stay the same at $41.95. Lombardi's proposed $560,000 increase in the tax levy, or total amount collected in local taxes, was trimmed down by four-tenths of 1 percent, to about $332,000. See BUDGET, Page 11

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